Orquid "Phoenix"

Orquid "Phoenix"

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your external meter wont tell you if your scene should be or not be medium exposed. that's what EC is for. if you shoot at a white wall, everything should be close to max. you make that decision how to use the value you get from the meter. just like the EC feature allows you to. often the Dynamic range in the scene is too large and you can point your meter ...


It depends what you're using exposure compensation for. If it's because your camera's built-in meter sometimes gets somewhat inaccurate in certain situations (e.g. Pentax cameras tend to under-expose slightly) then yes, a good quality external light meter would obviate the need for exposure compensation (though, as Guffa says, in order to use the external ...


If as you say the background has been setup before the shoot then best practice would be to shoot in manual mode and take a few test exposures to confirm your settings. Using the camera histogram is far more accurate than any of the metering modes.


The color of the background doesn't matter so much as the brightness of the subject. A white background won't interfere unless it is lit brighter than the subject. If the white background is intensely lit however, then either spot or center weighted would work. If you have a good spot you know you want to base your exposure on, then spot would be fine. ...


Yes and no. If you are using a light meter, then you will never use the exposure compensation because you are setting the exposure manually. However, just because you measure the incoming light instead of the reflected light, that doesn't mean that every scene can be exposed only based on what the meter says. Instead of being fooled by how much light the ...


Another very plausible reason for the exposure change is if your using the 28mm 1.8 at f1.8 and you change to the 100mm 2.8. their is no larger aperture than f2.8 so exposure must be compensated.


There are two basic possibilities. First, and probably the biggest: the metering takes into account more of the scene with the wider angle, and the scene is different enough that the exposure choice is correspondingly different. This is particularly likely to be the case if there are actual light sources or shadow areas in the scene. You don't mention what ...


The meter will adjust to the scene depending on what meter mode you have selected. Depending on your camera you can have it meter as much as the whole frame, as tiny as a spot under the AF point, or somewhere in between. Let's say you have your 28mm on and taking a picture of something on your coffee table and the wide field of view gets the TV (which is ...

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